LONDON -- The U.K.'s Office of National Statistics revealed its
final tally on Great Britain's tourism losses for 2001.
The combination of the hoof-and-mouth disease outbreak and Sept.
11 resulted in a 14% drop in spending by overseas visitors and the
posting of tourism losses to the tune of $2.7 billion.
Foreign visitor totals slid by 250,000 in the second half of
September, and December saw foreign visitors drop by 17% compared
with the previous year, as weary Yanks and others stayed close to
The Brits are looking to the British Tourist Authority's latest
U.S. promotion, called "UKOK," and celebrations surrounding Queen
Elizabeth II's golden jubilee to kick-start tourism this year.